Emergency Assistance - Housing

Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin

Provides housing information and application assistance, plus help applying for subsidized housing. The Supportive Housing Program helps the chronically homeless with disabilities move toward self-sufficiency. They also have a veterans program. Check web site for current site locatons and walk-in hours.

They support individuals, families, and communities in Dane, Jefferson, and Waukesha counties.
Dane County Office
Multiple locations, see web site

Emergency Assistance for Rent and Housing

Emergency funding for people who have received a 5-day notice from a landlord and are facing homelessness.

Impending homeless customers. Must have received a five-day notice from landlord.
Dane County Job Center
Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Ave. Madison WI 53704

Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison

Programs and services include investigating complaints of housing discrimination; outreach and education for renters, property owners and property managers; investing complaints of predatory lending, mortgage scans, and other lending violations; support  of and advocacy for inclusionary housing policies. They offer “Know Your Rights” and “The Red Flags of Housing  Discrimination” flyers in the following languages: Spanish,  Hmong, and English.

They support individuals, families, and communities in Milwaukee and in the Greater Madison area.
Madison area:
Toll free statewide complaint line:
612 W Main St #200, Madison, WI 53703

Homeless Services Consortium of Dane County

The Consortium is a partnership of many organizations working to prevent homelessness and help people find shelter and housing.

Coordinated Entry is  process developed to ensure that all people experiencing a housing crisis have fair and equal access to housing services and assistance. Through Coordinated Entry, households in need of assistance are quickly identified, assessed for, referred, and connected to housing and assistance based on their strengths and needs.This includes individuals and households that have been sleeping in Emergency Shelter, outside, or in a vehicle, and have experienced long-term homelessness.

Coordinated entry starts with the VI-SPDAT or the Vulnerability Index Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool. You can complete the VI-SPDAT to be placed on Dane County's Housing Priority List.

Housing Initiatives, Inc.

For over 25 years, Housing Initiatives has ended homelessness for 600men, women, and veterans who suffer from a mental illness by providing themwith a permanent home and supportive services to help them lead a healthierlife.

Monday – Friday, 9am – 4:30pm
Please call ahead as they are often busy working with clients off-site.


Housing Navigation Services

Information on services and resources regarding housing, housing vacancy lists, application assistance and landlord/tenant mediation.  In-person appointment may not be available during the Covid-19 pandemic, so please call or check the web site.

Open to all individuals.
615 E. Washington Ave., Madison, Wisconsin 53703


Porchlight operates many housing sites. Their largest property is at 306 N Brooks St, which also houses its administrative offices. Brooks Street has permanent single-person units with shared kitchen and bathrooms for low-income single adults.  Prospective tenants should complete the Porchlight Housing Intake Form available on their web site. Porchlight also has housing programs that specialize in working specifically with veterans and individuals with mental illness.

Main office
306 North Brooks Street Madison, WI 53715

Tenant Resource Center

Provides information and referrals, education about rental rights and responsibilities, and access to conflict resolution with landlords.

All services are free and for Wisconsin clients unless otherwise noted.
1202 Williamson St # 101, Madison, WI 53703

WI Housing Search is a free resource to help you find a home that fits your needs and budget. Property providers can list apartments or homes for rent any time, which means that their list is always current.

Open to all individuals.